Travel is a famously expensive endeavour. Flights, trains, boats, hotel rooms and the like are meant to add up to a handsome bill when all is said and done. However, here at Vagabundo Magazine we believe that things don’t have to be like that. We have been travel hacking our way around the world for years. We’ve been finding deals and cutting corners since we were travelling in diapers. Here are some of the tips for cheaper travel.
Travel Reward Hacking
Travel reward hacking is possible the easiest way in the world to earn a free flight. The system? Apply for a credit card that offers a certain amount of points for applying, then once you’re accepted, cancel the card and repeat. If you’re like me and have bad enough credit that you’re constantly denied on your applications, you don’t even have to worry about cancelling the cards. If you don’t feel right hacking, you can always do things the good old fashioned way and sign up for profitable programs like the TD rewards travel program.
On a vacation, flights often make up a massive percentage of the total travel costs. The solution to this is to not fly. Or maybe just fly one way and travel your way back home. Sure, if you’re living in North America then this is a much more difficult endeavour, but there is always a cargo ship headed in a direction you need. If you’re in Europe, consider getting a rail pass as you’ll likely save hundreds of dollars. Or, if you’re even more adventurous, use that thumb of yours and see if you can’t hitchhike your way around the world.
Whenever we talk about budget accommodation people think we’re sleeping in cardboard boxes or sweaty dorm rooms. And while that may be the case from time to time, it doesn’t always have to be that way. One of the best ways to save money while also getting a nice room is by doing a vacation apartment rental. You’ll usually get a better place than a hotel and at a fraction of the price.
I’m a terrible example of someone who saves money eating. I like to eat, and I do it at least 4 times a day, usually at fancy restaurants. Don’t follow my example, I’m camping at a resort at the moment to afford my feeding habits. Instead, take the moderation approach. Rather than eating 3 meals a day in restaurants, eat one really nice meal a day in a restaurant and make your own meals for the others.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on entertainment, you just have to be more keen to search for a deal. Find bars that have drink specials, go to shows on last-minute ticket sales, and find out if museums have a free day of visit. Another great way of saving in tourism destinations is by buying a city pass which gives you a nice discount on all of the major attractions in a city.